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The Little Red Chairs
by Edna O'Brien

Published: 2016-03-29
Hardcover : 320 pages
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A fiercely beautiful novel about one woman's struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal, from one of the greatest storytellers of our time

One night, in the dead of winter, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Broodingly handsome, worldly, and ...
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A fiercely beautiful novel about one woman's struggle to reclaim a life shattered by betrayal, from one of the greatest storytellers of our time

One night, in the dead of winter, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Broodingly handsome, worldly, and charismatic, Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, a self-proclaimed holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the monotony of village life. Before long, the beautiful black-haired Fidelma McBride falls under his spell and, defying the shackles of wedlock and convention, turns to him to cure her of her deepest pains.

Then, one morning, the illusion is abruptly shattered. While en route to pay tribute at Yeats's grave, Dr. Vlad is arrested and revealed to be a notorious war criminal and mass murderer. The Cloonoila community is devastated by this revelation, and no one more than Fidelma, who is made to pay for her deviance and desire. In disgrace and utterly alone, she embarks on a journey that will bring both profound hardship and, ultimately, the prospect of redemption.

Moving from Ireland to London and then to The Hague, THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS is Edna O'Brien's first novel in ten years -- a vivid and unflinching exploration of humanity's capacity for evil and artifice as well as the bravest kind of love.

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by angelk5 (see profile) 09/24/17

 
  "The Little Red Chairs"by Dreader (see profile) 04/24/17

This book meandered around a lot, and I found it difficult to figure out where it was going at times. Character development was not deep. It is based on the 'Bosnian Butcher' and there is one horrific... (read more)

 
  "made me feel stupid"by ebach (see profile) 01/26/17

Because THE LITTLE RED CHAIRS takes place at first in Ireland, I expected it to be about Irish people. And it seems so at first. But this is really about the mysterious foreigner, “Dr. Vla... (read more)

 
  "Difficult but worth the effort!"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 05/01/16

The Little Red Chairs, Edna O’Brien, author; Juliet Stevenson, narrator
In March, of 2016, Radovan Karadzik was sentenced to 40 years in prison for crimes against humanity by the United N
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